Finally got the gouge exchanged to the proper size. Karin Corbin suggested I make my own gouge, but alas! I did not have any mini brass tubing laying about. (I would LOVE to see Karin's studio some day --bet it is incredible)!
OK, don't laugh, but now I'm seriously considering using a stucco finish instead of the brick! (Hey, it's MY doll house)! The reason is because I was watching some BBC miniseries and there was a country house --Hanbury Court-- that was eerily similar to my own Merriman Park. It had the same classical portico (dressed in pale, rusticated stone), the body of the house rendered in yellow stucco. I found the effect to be charming.
(Check it out at 0:04-05 or you'll miss it)!
So I decided to work on the center portion of the house, which I had already decided to be stone. I'm going for dressed ashlar blocks. I already had the primer coat on so I was ready to go...
Bricks, stucco --it can just WAIT for now!
Well, I first had to pack away all the furniture I have been accumulating so it wouldn't get ruined. Glad I saved all the original boxes.
I'm getting a little worried about all the little parts laying about. I had to take five of my windows apart so I could paint the outside frames the stone color. So now there are tiny bits of window parts scattered about. I am so bad about keeping all this little stuff organized.
Anyway, I got the center block painted the "base" stone color along with the pediment, the roof balusters, the chimneys, the cornices, quoins, basement and entrance stair. I even penciled in the ashlar blocks!
Finally feel like I made some progress!
BTW Cranford is highly recommended, especially if you're a fan of Dame Judy Dench.